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Sulphuryl chloride, SO2Cl2, decomposes according to the following first-order reaction:
SO2Cl2(g) ¨ SO2(g) + Cl2(g)

At a certain temperature, it is observed that it takes 147 minutes for 23.0% of the sulphuryl chloride to react. Calculate the half-life for the reaction in units of min.

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    ln(No/N) = kt
    Take No = 100, then N = 77, t is 147 min and solve for k.
    Then k = 0.693/t1/2 and solve for t1/2
    Post your work if you get stuck.

  • chemistry - ,

    how did you get No and N?

  • chemistry - ,

    I just assumed 100 for No (the number of molecules at the beginning), then if 23% react, that leaves 77. You could take ANY number for No and take 23% of that and subtract from No to obtain N. OR, you could take No = No, then N = 0.77*No but it's easier to stick in a number. Does that help.

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